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Old 03-16-2005, 02:58 AM   #1
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My car from start to finish...

Well i never really posted much about my car, i've been on the board since the old layout before vB. I didnt register until my current join date and i only purchased my car a year ago. I'm only 18, turning 19 in april and the route i chose thinking i could save some money being young and wanted a 330, not settling for a used 328/325/323, i decided to check out salvage cars. I came upon this:



yeah i know it looks horrible, but when i saw it, i thought it could be fixed. So i went home with the pictures and wrote down a rought outline of what i needed:

Headlights
Bumper Skin
Door
Door Glass
Bumper and Door Moldings
2 Fenders
Hoods
Grill
Radiator
Rim+Wheel
Rocker Panel/Kick panel/ Center B pillar to replace this:


Okay so i go over the list, at this time forgetting all the small crap, like bolts and ducts and fog lights etc and head airbags which i forgot to add up, so i decided to take a friend who would be doing the body work to see if it was a good buy. We first checked out the chassi, it appeard there was no bends in it as this accident was a curb accident then bounced off something. After having my rough parts outlined we worked out the paper work, for those intrested it's a 2001 330i with PP/SP/Leather/HK/Sunroof 5SP Steel Gray on black with 23k on the clock, for 12,500. For the price, thinking i would come out under 20 or near or above 20 i eagerly purchased it. Before i continue here is a few more pics of the car crashed, this is how the company recieved the car:

The suspension was gone since it was curbed as well as the oil pan, When purchased from them, the M68's were removed and swapped with OZ Superlegerra's off another crashed car, the windsheild was fixed, and the oil pan and suspension was fixed, the way i towed it home looked like this (BTW the car started and ran before taking it home):






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Old 03-16-2005, 03:05 AM   #2
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continue! haha this is dope...
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:11 AM   #3
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:11 AM   #4
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Few more pics crashed:



Okay so now the car's home

This is the crappy key i was stuck with:


Salvage cars cannot order new keys, but the guy at my parts desk pulled a fast one and somehow ordered one for me, as well as hooked me up with the shop i bought it from account (with their permission of course) offering me their 25% discount on all OEM parts.

I take a closer look at the car, crap... 2 brake lines gone. ebrake lines snapped, exhaust bent up, and engine mounts broken, sway bar bent, dsc wheel speed sensors cut/missing. now i started to price out the small stuff, clears, grills, clips, window trim, god damn it adds up, i'm not gona go into prices because it will take too much time. but first thing first was to get to ordering!

My first box:

UUC Sways

Second Box:

Gruppe M from rennsport on special last year


Next was to order a new rim, thanks to Eric@SPP he got it to me in about 2 Weeks, too bad they sent a Audi bolt pattern one, i really needed to get the car rolling to start doing work, anyway eric had it picked up (A+ Customer Service) And refunded me promptly, I ended up ordering direct from OZ.

Next was to order my headlights, got them from bekkers for 1100 with the black trim, i wanted to ditch any chrome/titanium on my car. I also ordered lots of clips for the bumper, rogue under drive pulleys (i figured my radiator is out, why not replace em now?) wheel power enhanced halo's (v1 at the time, latest and greatest) and my brake ducts and center kidney grill duct
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:15 AM   #5
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Im a little slow here typing this up as i go...




Shiney Chrome grills, Only to be sprayed black 10 minutes after opening them.. Results:


Next was my clears:


DIY sprayed my bulbs:



Next box in was the big ones...

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Mtech Front Bumper, Replacment Mtech Side skirt for driver, as well as black window trim +fogs and all hardware for front

My dog owning the box:


Unpacking:




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Also not pictured above was my airbags, shift knob, and replacment tool kit tools (i wanted my car with everything back) and a new flashlight for the glove as it was missing. 2 brake lines, 2 engine mounts, 2 ebrake cables and lots of other bolts and the full front radiator with ac condensor and all the parts listed on my original rough part draft. This was my dad's idea, but he looked into aftermarket fenders and hood, i was a little sketch, and pissed to say, i wanted OEM. But he went ahead and bought after market fenders and hood for my car. Well no say there, if it didnt fit i was pulling it off and going OEM.

a few more pics before i go to the paint



Misc paint for engine covers etc, grills, and bulbs.

Next up i had to get this strut from BFP since it was on special for 400!
I didnt need it, but for 400, why not?


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Old 03-16-2005, 03:26 AM   #9
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I know i'm skipping some pictures here, but this is because all it is body work pics, so i'll go straight to the outcome:

Car was fully repainted and new b-pillar and kick panel was welded in, chassi was checked for straight ness, engine mounts went in (Brake lines, and ebrake and exhaust was on me to try and save money)




(Previous owner did some funky caliper stuff...)
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You are a true e46 fanatic! I loved your thread. Very kewl story.
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three words... HAIL to YOU!!! true e46 fanatic! That 330 is so lucky to have you as its owner
btw how much did the screens cost you and how long did it take to drill holes thru the headrest maybe? and wire them all up?
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:10 AM   #12
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three words... HAIL to YOU!!! true e46 fanatic! That 330 is so lucky to have you as its owner
btw how much did the screens cost you and how long did it take to drill holes thru the headrest maybe? and wire them all up?
The screens were about 325 for the pair (local) and the install took me about 45 minutes to do on the 1st headrest, then maybe 30 on the next one here is a great DIY done by RR BuGGz: http://www.bimmervibe.com/rr_buggz/Headrest_DIY/
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you the man son ... you the man ... first time seeing the salvage pics ! nil ...
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What part of Queens are you in?

From the pics it looks like shitty Ridgewood or Glendale.
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From the pics it looks like shitty Ridgewood or Glendale.
no where near those, jamaica queens.
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no where near those, jamaica queens.
amazing job man - im impressed - great story for the life of that car and urself - u worked hard and u did a kick butt job!

u should consider running some shop on the side one day as u seem to have a knack for installing mods.

i hope u use ur skills twds school or something technical -

most impressed i was with ur lack of flamboyancy as many of the other e46fanatics do 2 often 'look at my $$$ rims!' 'look at my dde's that i payed someone to install' etc SHUT UP 2 them! have some modesty like urself - i want to punch those fanatics
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this thread is back from the dead....

niL's car has been through mad changes since then if im right
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